Brian Bull


Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016.   Over his 23 years in public broadcasting, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards,  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.

An enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Bull has worked with NPR's NextGeneration project geared towards diversifying the ranks of tomorrow's journalists.  He's been a guest faculty instructor at the Poynter Institute on covering underrepresented communities.  He's served as chair for Vision Maker Media, which supports authentic programs and documentaries produced by Native Americans.

He's glad to be home in the Pacific Northwest, close to his family, tribe, and the Oregon Coast. If only someone had warned him about the grass seed pollen every spring!  Bull is married and has three children, and four cats. He enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, the visual and performing arts, and the occasional Godzilla movie.

Read how Brian's desire to spur reflection led him to a career in public media.

Brian has worked through the years with NPR on its Next Generation Radio Project, which trains journalists from underrepresented communities to become tomorrow's reporters.  Check out his latest project with Capital Public Radio in Sacramento here:

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The Springfield City Prosecutor is recommending that city police look into using body cameras. 

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Oregon wildlife officials are reminding hunters to get rid of all scented lures that contain deer or elk urine by 2020.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, it’s a new state law aimed at keeping Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) out of Oregon.

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Animal welfare advocates are trying to save hundreds of cats on a rural homestead in Lane County. 

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People are being warned away from the Howard Buford Recreation Area – also known as Mount Pisgah - due to a wildfire that broke out Thursday afternoon.

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A settlement has been reached between Roseburg Forest Products and the small California city of Weed, in a suit filed over water rights.

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Eugene-based company GloryBee let an estimated 30 employees go this week.   An official statement says circumstances in the market "required us to reduce our staff for the near future."

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The City of Eugene continues to deal with homelessness.  Recently, this included sending out crews with the Lane County Sheriff's Department, Eugene Police, and the city's Parks and Open Spaces staff to gather and transport heavy amounts of waste that could endanger the environment or visitors.

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A medical non-profit facility in Eugene has expanded its hours and added a doctor. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this means the White Bird Clinic is now open to more Medicare patients.

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Small cities like Veneta may not have the established and concentrated business scene that larger places like Eugene or Salem have, but that’s not stopping civic planners. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on a “pop up” retail district launching this weekend. 

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Business owners downtown are often tasked with cleaning up trash and waste left by transients. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a new program aims to tackle that problem.

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A lawsuit has been filed against Newport’s mayor, following a July 8th plane crash.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, Mayor Dean Sawyer was the pilot.

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Greater access to indigenous culture has been made available to educators and students across the Pacific Northwest.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on the launch of The Confluence Library.

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President Trump’s war powers, ongoing climate change, and infrastructure development are among the topics Congressman Peter DeFazio hopes to discuss at some upcoming town halls in Oregon this week.


UPDATE: Please see below for additional evacuation notices issued Friday, July 26 at 8:35pm.

A fire outside Canyonville called the Milepost 97 Fire has now grown from 80 to 6,000 acres since the last official report.

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Reversing course from a few months ago, Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio now says he favors possible impeachment proceedings against President Trump. 

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Starting this weekend on cable TV, “Shark Week” will likely captivate -and terrify- audiences. But an Oregon company says forget JAWS in the ocean…PAWS in the workplace is a greater menace.

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Progress on what’s billed as one of the first “vertical evacuation” sites in the U.S. is proceeding steadily. KLCC’s Brian Bull gives an update on Oregon State University’s Marine Studies Building in Newport.

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Last year we reported on AJ Capital Partners in Chicago buying the Hilton Eugene for $80 million, one of the biggest real estate deals in city history.

Now the building has re-opened as a Graduate Hotel…a chain that models its look on local history and culture.

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A small group of union activists gathered outside the Fred Meyer store in Eugene Friday to call attention to what they say is gender-pay inequity.

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Tuesday, a large totem pole was installed at Sheldon High School in Eugene.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the pole is the culmination of a year-and-a-half’s work by nearly a hundred carvers…most of them Native American children.

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It’s been two years since Eugene Police officers began wearing body cameras on-duty.  And an independent review agency has high praise for the devices.

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A small homeless camp could soon be set up on a corner of the Lane County Fairgrounds.

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The Mayor of Newport has been released from the hospital with minor injuries after crashing his plane yesterday.

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Nearly 400 complaints were filed against Eugene Police Department personnel in 2018.  That’s up 20 percent from the previous year. 

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After reviewing 42 applicants and interviewing three finalists for its city manager position, the City of Springfield has decided to…keep looking.

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One normally doesn’t expect to see politicians like U.S. Senator Ron Wyden teaming up with polar opposites like Senator Mitch McConnell.

But if there’s one thing that binds the Oregon Democrat and the Kentucky Republican together, it’s hemp.  Both championed legalization and acceptance of hemp in the latest Farm Bill, which takes effect this year.

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This Fourth of July marks 30 years since CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) launched in Eugene.  The mobile crisis intervention service has steadily grown through the decades. And not only is it still expanding, other communities are exploring their own version of CAHOOTS.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains in the second half of our two-part series.

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If House Democrats prevail, six years of President Trump’s tax returns may be disclosed. A lawsuit filed today seeks to enforce subpoenas, a move that Oregon Senator Ron Wyden supports. 

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30 years ago this month, the White Bird Clinic and City of Eugene launched a mobile crisis intervention service. The joke goes that the vans were staffed by counter-culture hippies trained in mental health, who were in “cahoots” with police.  But “CAHOOTS” is the acronym for “Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets.”  And in the first of our two-part series, KLCC’s Brian Bull accompanies a pair of CAHOOTS workers as they respond to calls across the city.  

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Among eleven main stage performances highlighted at the International Thespian Festival (ITF) in Lincoln, Nebraska last week was a sleeper musical hit performed by South Eugene High School actors.